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SPEED, John.

BUCKINGHAM Both Shyre and Shire towne describ.

Published: Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain. Roger Rea. 1662-1665, English edition.

Stock code: 54995

Price: £900

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A beautiful map of Buckinghamshire from Speed’s Theatre. Inset plans of the market towns of Buckingham and Redding, the latter being a strange choice given that it lies in the county of Berkshire – an indication that the other market towns in Buckinghamshire were not large or prosperous. Embellished with cartouches, cherubs and coats of arms belonging to the titled families of the county. Decorated scale at bottom with dividers above, and compass rose to the right.

Copper engraving. Later colour. Good condition. Cut close at left and right hand sides, but enough added margin for mounting and framing. Top margin strengthened. A closed tear (3 inches), runs from the bottom up to the shield of Thomas of Wodstoke on the right. This has an old repair, and is scarcely noticeable. Size: 50 x 38 cm. (19 x 15 inches)

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